Dr. Rue considers himself a Master of Failure. Looming over his greatest achievements are the terrible events of a pain-filled life – two eventful marriages, an attempted murder, an attempted suicide, and a book that didn’t sell: a monograph on Creative Failure. He is jealous of the effortless success of so many young writers, craves a reason to live, and spends his free time searching out rare essays. Fate has him cross paths with Zinonas Palaiologos, an exemplary representative of the thirty-something literary elite. He is suffering from a case of excessive success, and is desperately searching for a cure to his conceit. He inhabits an imaginary world peopled by the great authors he admires and the heroes of their most popular works. Two parallel tales of trauma are played out between the two of them: for Rue, Palaiologos is a perfect reflection of the world. He decides to finish with his own disastrous past in order to teach his fanciful and arrogant friend a lesson. The author takes us on a hilarious ride round success and failure, sex and love, life and death, prose and essays, intellectual pleasures and bourgeois culture, the meaning of joy, and the joy of meaning in the company of our two heroes and their friends, such as Philip Roth, Arthur Μiller, Marilyn Monroe, and Saul Bellow. A comedy for intellectuals.